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Hemp, or industrial hemp (from Old English hænep), typically found in the northern hemisphere, is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species that is grown specifically for the industrial uses of its derived products. It is one of the fastest growing plants and was one of the first plants to be spun into usable fiber10,000 years ago. It can be refined into a variety of commercial items including paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, paint, insulation, biofuel, food, and animal feed.
Although cannabis as a drug and industrial hemp both derive from the species Cannabis sativa and contain the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), they are distinct strains with unique phytochemicalcompositions and uses. Hemp has lower concentrations of THC and higher concentrations of cannabidiol (CBD), which decreases or eliminates its psychoactive effects. The legality of industrial hemp varies widely between countries. Some governments regulate the concentration of THC and permit only hemp that is bred with an especially low THC content. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp
So let's look at our industries today that could be using hemp in their products, and right now that number of products is around 25,000. I am not going to discuss 25 thousand products, I just want to discuss one. Plastics.
Plastics have been under fire ever since the industry started making plastic wrap for food. The major issue was that the food industry was too dependent on plastic, and many environmental agencies wanted the industry to mix it up so we didn't have so much plastic in the landfills.
I still remember going to a butcher and purchasing meat wrapped in brown or white paper. Cardboard was a necessity in the food industry, and then those foam packages took center in some of the food industries, but the major headache was, "what to wrap this stuff with?"
Unfortunately plastic today is treated just as much a staple as sugar and salt. The stuff is clear, it will wrap around the most unforgiving of items you can imagine, it makes the item see through, and as long as you wrap the item correctly, the plastic will make the item waterproof. Oh! It's cheap too. But right out of the gate people noticed months in the dump did not decompose the plastics at a rate they felt was acceptable. But the food industry treated plastic like bread with peanut butter and jelly. The plastic was inseparable from the industry. From plastic straws to wrap and plastic plates, and even in frozen, plus fresh food items got on board with the stuff. Visit any grocery, or fast food chain, the first thing you see is not only their best sellers, it is also served in plastic. Even if it is a thin film lining a paper cup, you can't visit a grocery chain or a fast food restaurant that doesn't at least have one item in use made from the stuff.
Plastic is made from oil, and don't ask me how they do that because I don't have a clue. But for months now I have said we need to ban plastics because they are crapping our ecosystem. But a crazy thing happened and that was Hemp. The Feds made hemp legal to grow. This is a godsend for the plastic industry, but not so much for the oil industry. So I believe there may be a fight over which is better, but just so you know hemp is biodegradable and plastic made from oil is not. Word is plastics made from oil, some will still be around a thousand years after all of us are gone.
And the winner is Hemp! So today plastics can be made from Hemp including for the food industries. All we need to do folks is convince the industry to use Hemp for food plastics or use cardboard in it's place. We all know that cardboard is not a winner they want plastic food containers, and wrap, and let's not forget the enemy number one, the straw. The big thing though, is how do you get a industry to make a change and plunge head first into Hemp plus love the idea of the change? I say we need to use the environment as a reason for change. We have to start somewhere and plastic food containers and wraps is an excellent choice to get started on cleaning up the mess we created. We should also have lots and lots of kudos for the food chains that agree to Hemp plastics. We can call them perks for the industries, or call them for what they really are and that is... industries or businesses that care for the environment.
By the way in case you don't know they have already said that hemp is the next best thing too save farmers. I wish I had a few hundred acres. I know I would be planting it because it is already considered a super crop. You get in at the bottom and you are sitting pretty while many are still trying to figure it out. Be sure you have a buyer though. Right now there are thousands of buyers as long as you are good at selling it.
Industrial Hemp: A Win-Win For The Economy And The Environment
Logan Yonavjak (@Loganyon) makes a case for allowing farmers in the United States to grow hemp. Industrial hemp was once a dominant crop on the American landscape. This hardy and renewable resource (one of the earliest domesticated plants known, with roots dating back to the Neolothic Age in China) was ....×